how the world views women

Throughout history, society has had different perceptions of women and has chosen to depict them in art based on these perceptions.  The mid-1950’s were no different.  It’s easiest to identify various opinions when looking at various countries and how each region identifies women.  Everyone has an opinion, but more importantly everyone has a different opinion.  In this gallery we will explore the ways different nations depicted women during the same time period, and how that relates to their culture.

This piece, etched by Li Tung-keung, depicts two young women. It shows them with very plain yet serious faces, showing very little emotion. This doesn't just come across in the physical look of the women; Tung-keung also uses analogous colors to create a calm and somber feel. His use of harsh and jagged lines also adds to the overall feeling of the piece.
This painting from Italy shows a women sitting alone, with a plain facial expression. While there is a background behind the subject, the texture of the woman and the background is so similar that there is not much depth to the work. This creates an overall calmness to the piece, emphasizing its simplicity.
This is an oil on canvas painting from France in 1956. It shows a woman sitting alone at a table towards the floor. The darker colors create a somewhat sad feel, and the woman being lighter, wearing a white dress, helps her stand out. Not only is she the visual focus, but also the emotional focus.
"Georgia", a painting from the United Kingdom created by Euan Uglow, shows a woman reclined on a couch. It uses analogous colors, which when paired with the woman's stoic face, creates a calm, stern overall feel. She is shown relaxed, and the environment around her contributes to this.
"Head of a Woman", created in 1952 in Spain, is a portrait of a plain woman. It uses mostly grays and browns, making the woman appear simple. Her face is very calm and emotionless. The texture of the woman is similar to the backdrop, creating very little depth. Similar to the paintings of women working, it strives to show her as she is in her normal life, rather than in a glamorous or vibrant light.
This oil on canvas painting from Russia shows three women carrying large vases on their heads. The shadows and angles of the building create space and depth. It creates a very realistic depiction of the women and they lives they led. While some of the pieces in this gallery serve to show the emotional side of women, this focuses on their work and day to day activities.
This watercolor painting from Kenya shows a group of nude women. The women bodies are slightly misshapen, with long necks and somewhat abstract curves. It uses vibrant colors to create a bizarre yet calm feel. The soft lines also contribute to the calm atmosphere. While many of the works in this gallery show plain or emotionless women, this depicts them in a completely different light.
This is a painting from Korea that shows two women and a younger girl carrying vases of water on their heads. This uses positive and negative space, with the women being separated from the solid color background. There isn't much else to be the focus except for the women, who just as with the "Young Women of Jaipur" painting, are shown in their day to day lives, instead of being depicted in an emotional or dynamic situation.
"Woman with Veil" is an oil on canvas piece from Brazil. It is a portrait of woman with dark colors, and the focus on the woman's face. Hardly any of the background is seen. It has softer, more rounded lines. All of these techniques work together to create a calm, somber piece, who's purpose seems to be to show beauty and emotion more than function.
As the title says, this painting from Syria depicts a woman sewing while sitting in a chair. It uses browns and grays, and while lacking depth, is very similar to some of the other pieces in this gallery. Here the woman is seen serving a purpose and doing a job. Her face is almost hard to see, and when first viewed, her hands seem to be the focus, more than her.
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